Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese similar to mozzarella that’s stuffed with a luxurious filling called stracciatella. She’s luscious, refreshing, easy to pair, and eager to please all cheese lovers, from newbs to connoisseurs. Here’s everything you need to know about the queen of Italian cheese, including the best burrata pairings.
Burrata, the Marilyn Monroe of Mozzarella
Voluptuous, refreshing, and creamy, this sex kitten has summer lovin’ written all over her. To the untrained eye, she might looks like a simple ball of mozzarella, but slice through her firm shell and you’ll discover the divine secret that sets her apart from her sister: she’s bursting with a rich, luxurious cream center.
What is it?
Burrata is a fresh cheese originally from southern Italy. She’s usually made with cow’s milk and cream, but sometimes cheesemakers use buffalo milk, which has twice the fat of cow’s milk. Though she tastes like the peak of luxury, Burrata is actually a byproduct of cheesemaking. She’s merely a ball of leftover mozzarella stuffed with stracciatella (aka cream-soaked mozzarella shreds).
Milky-sweet with a firm shell and a dramatically creamy inside that oozes like a custard-filled donut, she tastes of cool milk followed by a burst of rich cream. Don’t mistake her for being shy though, she’s so voluptuous that her name means “buttered” in Italian. The freshest burrata is the best, so look for something local and eat it within 1-2 days.
The Best Burrata Pairings
- Bright, acidic wines like Sauvignon Blanc and rosé from Southern France
- Light, effervescent beer like pilsner and gose
- Bubbly drinks like Prosecco or an Aperol spritz
- Olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and crunchy crostini
- Grilled stone fruits and aged balsamic
- Prosciutto-wrapped melon
- Tomato jam and crackers
- Pesto and heirloom tomatoes
- Truffle honey and ciabatta
Here are a few more suggestions for how to get it on with your burrata!